If your cat wants attention, he will find a way to show you. Your cat may become more clingy as he ages, wanting to be with you every moment of the day or night. If your cat has lost some of his sensory perception, being with his human companion may be a stabilizing influence in his daily life.
As senior cats age, they’re more likely to become clingy. This could be a sign of cognitive dysfunction. Older cats may experience a range of symptoms, including loss of sight, hearing, balance and coordination.
Becoming Emotionally Distant or Especially Needy Conversely, a previously aloof cat can become clingy and overly dependent — such as following you around the house or meowing plaintively and constantly — and may feel the need for constant physical contact.
Sometimes cats like to follow their owners as a way to get attention. Cats can be very loving and affectionate toward their owners. Some cats may follow us around, because they like our companionship, while others may be following us for specific reasons — or even a combination of the two.
Some of our cats’ behaviors change so quickly sometimes, and they start exhibiting abnormal behaviors, such as being suddenly clingy, which confuse us. Cats tend to be clingy for several reasons such as medical conditions, age, stress, fear, anxiety, giving birth, or a change in their daily routine.
Signs Your Cat Could Be Dying
Symptoms of cat dementia
There is, unfortunately, no cure for dementia (FCDS) in cats, so any treatment your vet is likely to suggest will aim at slowing your precious pet’s cognitive decline down and making his/her life as comfortable and happy as possible, for as long as possible.
Kidney disease and thyroid disease are the most common causes of this issue. High blood pressure can lead to changes in the brain that might cause the vocalization behavior you’re observing. Your veterinarian can take a blood pressure reading to rule this out.
Because cats rely primarily on body language to communicate to one another, they must be attuned to biological and behavioral changes in the other animals around them. This includes detecting weakness or changes in body temperature and odor. They are also intuitive in that they often know when they are about to die.
Cats seem to know that when you’re in the bathroom they have a captive audience. Many cats love to curl up on their person’s lap on the toilet. They have your undivided attention for a certain amount of time: you’re not working, or cooking, or knitting, or reading a book, or watching TV. But you are petting them.
The truth is, cats understand affection just like any other animal, and domestic cats might actually see us as their real-life mommies and daddies. So when an adult cat meows at you, they are doing so because they trust you, they love you, and deep down, they know you love them too.
They’re trying to bond with you. In cat world, snuggle time is productive, bonding time. Your kitty needs you for food, warmth and shelter, and sometimes all they want is show you that they love and appreciate you. Your cat’s headbutts, snuggles and purrs are all tokens of affection and appreciation.
A cat may become more affectionate because it lacks attention. Its needy behavior may be a plea for more attention and affection. Alternatively, it may feel threatened or sidelined. If you have recently added a new pet or person to the home, this is common.
Adult cats tend to have more set sleeping schedules that average out at about 12 – 20 hours of sleep each day. Senior cats will tend to have less energy and reduced mobility which means they will sleep more than younger cats.